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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Undaunted By Change



gratitude and grace
respect and humility
listening and laughter

presence compassion
all blended into the soil
that nourishes our

seeds for lasting love
released sown with shifting winds
undaunted by change



On the evening of June 4th, my husband and I watched Rivers and Tides; a film released in 2009 about artist Andy Goldsworthy and his approach to working with time as a vital part of his medium.  This cinematic work of art is a visual, philosophical and spiritual journey infused with humility, respect, gratitude, presence and grace. We don't go out much anymore, pretty much since 2009 when I had a string of MS exacerbations and was finally diagnosed, so we are a little behind and tend to watch things on Netflix in bed. This was part of how we celebrated our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary, snuggled, relaxed, happy. I’ll leave the rest of our celebration to your imagination. 

As we viewed the film, Goldsworthy's visual language and philosophy seemed increasingly symbolic of how Gordon and I have made a life together, with humility, respect, gratitude, presence and grace, as well as compassion, a lot of humor, listening with all of our senses; essential qualities we have cultivated in our marriage to grow our love. We are content, not complacent, have learned to appreciate the blessings of our ever-changing lives as individuals and as partners, as parents and lovers, as the very best of friends, in health and sickness. We have been together for more than half our existence on this planet now. I pray with all my heart for another twenty-four entwined with my beloved.















I am certainly not in the same league as Andy Goldsworthy when it comes to artistic vision and expression, still I have a deep appreciation for nature and do my best to photograph what I see with discerning eyes, observing fragile beauty, birth and decay, the continuous transformation from one form to another. This is so like a marriage, we change, circumstances change; this is the nature of all living things and beings. With every photograph I set my intentions towards humility, respect, gratitude, presence and grace, the very same qualities that have nourished our lasting love for these many years.


I love you completely Gord. Thank you for loving me through everything.





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haiku my heart at recuerda mi corazon

62 comments:

  1. Hi Laura! Happy Anniversary! Great photos. :). I will have to look for that film. Sounds good!

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  2. Dearest Laura, so nice that you had a happy anniversary, and even nicer that you have a fruitful, nourishing and loving marriage. I think all long marital relationships that remain alive must die and be reborn many times to accommodate the inevitable changes that occur. It's only natural I guess. Glad yours is one of those.

    I think I'll watch this film. Perhaps a little creativity will rub off on me.

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  3. Beautiful photos and poem. Very well said, I will have to make a note.

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  4. Beautiful.. gorgeous images, as always, Laura. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. May you enjoy many, many more.

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  5. oh i think you have your own blend of artistic expression which is beautiful...a wonderful eye in the picstures of the magic that is...and i love your verse as well...there is strength there...

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  6. happy anniversary as well...smiles.

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  7. Oh..this is such a lovely post Laura...I think what we find in our partners when we are challenged with illness is what really shows the kind of person we are with...it doesn't have to be the end..but a loving continuation..I wish you many, many more years....Michelle

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  8. Your appreciation of nature shines through in these wonderful shots.

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  9. This is beyond beautiful!! You are a source of inspiration to me! Xo Olivia

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  10. Laura, for one I am sorry about the health hiccup. Second, I am a complete homebody so I love the idea of celebrating your 24th anniversary in bed with your honey and a great movie. Happy Anniversary! Thirdly, the photos are absolutely stunning. Lastly, but no less important, I did use my imagination for the rest of your anniversary celebration WOW!!!!!!! (*^_^*)

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  11. oh laura. i love this post. my husband and i watch Netflix together too, every evening. i think the love you share with your husband is so very beautiful. happy anniversary!

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  12. Your blessings have followed you into the space you have filled. Your words and images are exquisite and heartfelt. You see with your whole heart. Happy anniversary.

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  13. Parabéns pelo seu aniversário de casamento. Que Deus lhe dê saúde e lhes conceda muitos anos felizes juntos. Suas fotos estão muito bonitas!

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  14. Congratulations on your anniversary to both of you and thanks for sharing your beautiful images and deep feelings about true love.
    May God bless you with more happy years, Laura, so many as you wish in this world and eternal ones with your beloved.
    A hug.
    :)

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  15. Congratulations for celebrating 24 happy years together! That's rather rare these days so very pleasing to hear about.

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  16. so glad you have this love to hold you fast...

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  17. Oh Laura. You guys are rare - not just because you've been together for 24 years - but because you have, in just a few words, shared what it takes to keep a deep abiding love strong for so long - through good and bad; sickness and health. You are an inspiration to me, Laura, in so many different ways.

    Congratulations on your anniversary. May you have many, many more to come!

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  18. This sounds like a really interesting film Laura, and your images here are so very beautiful.

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  19. Goldsworthy is a great and inspiring artist and his work as you say contains a wonderful philosophy of life

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  20. I think your creativity is as good as anyones!
    Your pictures are beautiful!
    Happy anniveseary!

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  21. Thank you for your eyes and your camera.

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  22. Lovely photos!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  23. As always, your images display discernment, appreciation, focus, warmth of heart. Lovely, Laura.

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2012/06/07/art-in-some-stanzas/

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  24. Great set of photos!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

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  25. Happy Anniversary Laura,
    Great collection of nature study photos celebrating found beautys

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  26. This is such a beautiful post, Laura, and it is inspiring to read of the deep love between you & your husband. I love the pictures you chose to share in this post and the messages they speak. Your blog graces me with such encouragment and vision. Thank you. Blessings as you celebrate your anniversary.

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  27. A great post for SWF! Lovely to see the serie of photos!

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  28. Hi Laura, congratulations for celebrating 24 happy years together - we have had 26.
    Your photoes are very very beautiful!

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  29. Great pictures you show. Wishing you a good weekend :)

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  30. Vakre bilder og flink fotograf! -Margit-

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  31. Delicious flowers with beautiful colors. Excellent textures, bright pictures.The first is wonderful!

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  32. Beautiful pictures, and thank you for sharing! And thank you for your comment on my blogg :)
    Have a nice day, and a nice weekend!
    Hugs!

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  33. The Haikun is grand, and the photos exquisite, but it is your narrative about your relationship that grabbed me and held me. It made me feel warm and fuzzy. 24 years is a long time for anything. We will be at 41 years married in October. What you told us are some of the same reasons that we are together. Not because we are married, but because we want to be together.

    Much Peace sent your way

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  34. Lovely post, fantastic photography and thanks for sharing your loving relationship ~ you are blessed ~ namaste, ^_^

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  35. Happy Anniversary belated, Laura! May the love keep growing and blooming. We celebrated 12 this year. :o) ((HUGS))

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  36. Your artistic vision and expression always pleases me in a 'she's so damned talented' way....photos and set were awesome....

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  37. Very nice photos - like art ! Thank you for nice comments at my blog :-) Have a good weekend !
    Greetings from Liva

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  38. Lovely series...thanks for sharing. have a nice weekend.

    -r1-

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  39. Dear Laura, I wept as I read your post. Touched my heart deeply. You have something I have never had.
    You are good to the core of your being and blessings surround you and I am sure will continue.
    Images beautiful
    I love you
    Ernestine

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  40. awesome images laura, i really love those hearts!!

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  41. these words touch my heart and my heart will memorize the sentiments. thank you.

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  42. really lovely pictures. the soft colors give such a peaceful tone.

    i also wanted to thank you for stopping by my POTW. :)

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  43. i wanted to savor you post so i chose wisely to wait until after my day in the studio to return to you. for my patience i have been greatly rewarded.
    thank you for taking the time to express yourself with such candor and affection. i celebrate your love, your life, your way.

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  44. Blessings to you both, and thank you for the glorious images, and for the documentary suggestion...

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  45. "....humility, respect, gratitude, presence and grace, the very same qualities that have nourished our lasting love for these many years..." I relate, Laura, although for us it hasn't always been a straight trajectory... yet even in lows the love is - has always been - profound, and, I believe, everlasting. Your photos are a wonderful celebration of light, texture, color... Thanks for introducing me to Andy Goldsworthy.

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  46. what a beautiful post Laura...I will have to check out Rivers and Tides

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  47. Congratulations! Thanks for lighting my day with your beautiful photos!

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  48. Happy Anniversary! It's so nice to read your beautiful words again, and to know you're well. As Walt and I prepare to celebrate 25 years this summer, I'm inspired by this post, and the love you have with your husband. I know it's not been easy, but you make it sound like the biggest gift possible.

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  49. So wonderful photos! I really love them! Have a nice Saturday evening, and nice weekend!:)

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  50. Although I have been out of touch, I often stand out on my bluff overlooking the Pacific and breathe prayers of healing into the breeze for you. I hope that you can feel it:) Thank you for the beautiful comments you left me during my difficult time. They mean so much to me and really did help to lead me through. You are truly an angel on this earth, sweet sister of my soul.

    Happy Anniversary to such a beautiful couple! Mazel Tov on 24 years! Sounds like you celebrated in such a perfect way. I will definitely watch the movie that you wrote about. It sounds lovely. And your photos are breathtaking:) I love seeing the world through your eyes.

    Be well, dear one. I miss you and hope to be around a lot more often now!

    Big healing hugs and lots of love,
    Deb

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  51. I love the dandelion seed head with the bare place in the shape of a heart--now that is a creative capture for sure!

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  52. I've got one word: EQUANIMITY!

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  53. Beautiful, simple and so very lovely. I too am inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, we created a Goldsworthy-esque mandala on the beach this past week.

    x..x

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